Do chiropractors treat bulging discs?
The sports chiropractors at both our Eden Prairie and Eagan offices frequently treat bulging discs. It is important for patients to be aware that bulging discs are very common and are often present without causing symptoms. Though bulging discs can get smaller over time, there is no therapy that will “put the disc back in place.” A bulging disc can cause a wide variety of symptoms with a differing degree of severity. Symptoms can include:
What is a bulging disc?
A spinal disc is actually a cartilage segment between each vertebrae in your spine which acts as a cushion or shock absorber. Over time, a weak spot can form in the outer casing of the disc that can cause it bulge. This bulge can mechanically cause problems and pain by pressing on a nerve or by putting pressure on a nerve. As with any injury, the evaluation process is very important to determine what exactly is causing the neck or back pain. The evaluation by one of our sports medicine chiropractors will also include checking the corresponding nerves to ensure there is no additional injury present. . After determining the cause of the pain, a treatment strategy will be created while educating the patient on what they need and what their options are. This treatment strategy will not be aimed at “putting the disc back.” The treatment will be designed to get you out of pain and give you the tools to stay that way.
Treatment strategy may include an assortment of the following:
If you are suffering from a bulging disc and have a question regarding your condition or would like to make an appointment with one of our sports chiropractors, please contact us or call 952-479-0043.